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EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.

1. #IMMIGRATION: The judge at the centre of a storm in Co Mayo – after comparing the social welfare system to a charity for Polish people – has issued an unreserved apology for her remarks. “I understand and accept the hurt these comments caused to members of the Polish community,” Judge Mary Devins said. The Immigration Centre said this afternoon it would not be continuing with a Garda complaint.

2. #ECB: The president of the European Central Bank has insisted the euro is ‘irreversible’ – but called on politicians to do more to save the currency. Shares in the US are down after Mario Draghi’s comments – as investors had hoped for Draghi to announce more affirmative action following the ECB’s monthly meeting.

3. #RTÉ: RTÉ has reported a €16.8 million deficit for 2011 – but the national broadcaster says its financial performance is ‘creditable’ given the cutbacks in its public funding.

4. #SREBRENICA: Forensic experts have opened a grave at the former UN base in Srebenica in Bosnia, which is believed to contain the remains of six people buried there by UN peacekeepers in 1995. Details of the location were given over by a Dutch soldier who had attended the burial of the six people – including a new born baby – 16 years ago.

5. #LONDON 2012: It’s been a not-so-hot day for the Irish at the Olympics. Boxing captain Darren O’Neill was on the wrong end of a 19-12 scoreline in his last-16 middleweight bout; kayaker Hannah Craig made it to the final of the K1 event, but will be disappointed with her final time which sees her outside the medal hunt; and Melanie Nocher – suffering from gastrointeritis – was off her best as she was eliminated from the 200m backstroke, while Barry Murphy’s 50m freestyle time was also off the pace.

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